20 Sep 2018 13:43

CSTO's Sidorov promises response if U.S. creates base in Poland

MOSCOW. Sept 20 (Interfax-AVN) - Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states will respond if the United States creates a base in Poland, according to Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff Anatoly Sidorov.

"The Russian foreign and defense ministers have said so multiple times. Belarusian officials have also made such statements. [Washington and Warsaw] are doing what they have to do, but there is no doubt that they will be given an appropriate response, and relevant countermeasures will be taken," Sidorov said.

"Let us wait and see; our reaction will be appropriate," Sidorov said.

He added that Belarus should not fear such events.

"Belarus should be confident that its borders are inviolable. It is a CSTO member state, and there's also the Union State of Russia and Belarus. I think that the Organization and the Union State have sufficient military and other potential to successfully deter every existent challenge and threat in the Eastern European collective security region," Sidorov said.

According to Bloomberg, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was considering the deployment of a U.S. military base in Poland.